Canada Trip in July 2020

Dear parent / carer

Following on from a successful visit to France in July 2016, the MFL Department is delighted to offer your child the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the French speaking world on a trip to Canada in July 2020. This trip has direct links to the French GCSE and A Level Specifications but has much to offer any interested students from Years 7-13 as we will also be visiting many places of historical interest which is fully relevant to History students. We need 30 students to make the trip viable. Should more pupils be interested, places will be allocated on a first come – first served basis.

The trip is being provided by Halsbury Travel, a nationally recognised provider of school trips which has been highly recommended by other local schools. The provisional itinerary would include:


Day 1: travel to London for flight from London to Toronto and CN Tower by night


Day 2: Travel to Niagara, St Catharine’s Museum, lock visit and Hornblower Boat ride


Day 3: Visit to a traditional Native Indian Huron Village, Hockey Hall of Fame and shopping time at the Eaton Centre


Day 4: Travel to Montreal – Fort Henry tour or Upper Canada Village visit where students can see life in 1867 through the eyes of the soldiers and their families

Sugar Shack meal – enjoy a traditional Cabane à Sucre that includes fresh maple syrup.


Day 5: Visit the Fur Trade program and Mont Royal lookout – the Mont Royal Lookout is definitely one of Montréal’s gems. Several different vantage points give you tremendous, breath taking views of the city and surrounding area.
Notre Dame Visit
Travel to Quebec – Legends workshop (speaking French)
Live the legend by re-enacting famous Quebec historical events in a dynamic workshop where you will discover some of the most renowned local legends


Day 6: Citadelle Tour – discover the Old Quebec’s fortress!

Musee de Fort – come and relive, in sound and light, the six sieges of Québec, including the famous Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and Benedict Arnold’s march to Québec.

Evening meal at Aux Anciens Canadiens  and Walking Ghost Tour – as darkness settles over the City of Old Quebec, a costumed tour guide strikes a match and lights a lantern. A hush settles over the group as they wait to discover 350 years of historic murders, executions, ghostly tragedies and hauntings.


Day 7: Montmorency Falls – a natural and historic site that is just breath-taking. The falls are 83 meters or 272 feet (30 meters or 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls)

Copper Museum and Chez Marie – a unique stone house with a bright red roof that was built in 1652, known by the local population as simply “Chez Marie”. The energetic and hospitable owner is proud to welcome people into her home, handed down from mother to daughter for four generations

Transfer to the airport (Montreal or Quebec, flight dependent) for the flight back to London


Day 8: arrive in London and journey back to Gateshead

The cost for this incredible visit will be £2125. This includes half-board accommodation, air fares, entrance to all attractions, travel insurance, and travel to and from London (to be decided at a later date depending on London flight times). As all other costs are covered in the price of the visit, your child will only need to bring spending money for souvenirs or gifts and lunch each day.

Should you wish your child to enjoy this study visit, we need a non-returnable deposit of £125 by MONDAY 15th JANUARY, 2018.

In order to meet the payment schedule set by the travel company, a further payment of £100 must be paid by MONDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2018. Your subsequent £1900 Balance can be paid before May 2020 in £100 instalments via ParentPay online.

With ParentPay you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card.  This can be accessed from the School website and you will by now, have received your ParentPay log in.  If you are unable to locate this, please contact the school office for assistance. Making a payment using your credit or debit card is straightforward. Your card details are not retained by the school.  ParentPay holds an electronic record of all online payments for you to view at a later date.  When you make a payment, an e-mail confirmation is sent to you, giving you reassurance that the transaction has been successful.

Once your deposit has been received, you will receive medical forms, emergency contact forms, a code of conduct for all students attending school visits and information about travel documentation.  A parent’s evening will also be organised to answer any questions you may have, and meet myself and the other school staff who will be accompanying your child on the visit.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Jane Wood

Head of MFL

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